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https://hoopswire.com/hbo-seeking-stand-ins-for-second-season-of-winning-time/

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HBO Seeking Stand-Ins For Second Season Of ‘Winning Time’
By Sam Amico -September 6, 2022
Season 2 of HBO’s Winning Time, loosely based on the 1980s Lakers, is seeking stand-ins for some of the actors, with filming about to take place.

It was announced back in April that the show would return for another run after a fairly successful debut.

The series stars John C. Reilly as former Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Hadley Robinson as current owner Jeannie Buss. It has received some criticism around the NBA for its harsh portrayal of former Lakers star and executive Jerry West, played by Jason Clarke.

“It’s been a thrill to bring Winning Time to life with [executive producers] Adam McKay, Max Borenstein, our phenomenal producing team, and this incredible cast,” Francesca Orsi, executive VP of HBO Programming, said in a statement. “This series not only tells the riveting story of the Lakers’ rise, but is also a look back at a transformative era in basketball, celebrity, and the city of Los Angeles. We can’t wait to see how this team will tell the next chapter of this dynasty.”

The series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s excellent book entitled, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. So far, the series has focused solely on the 1979-80 season.

Pearlman wrote a follow-up on the Lakers of Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson (Three-Ring Circus), which HBO also optioned. So that could eventually become part of the series, should it last that long, Porter speculated.

“The idea of carrying forward a saga about this dynasty that is the kings of the city, being able to tell that story of the city and that era and moving into another era would be incredible,” Borentstein said on the TV’s Top 5 podcast. “I hope we have opportunity to keep doing it.”

Those wishing to apply for the roles of stand-ins or extras can visit Project Casting.
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https://www.thedailybeast.com/ex-health-staffer-sues-hbo-over-overpriced-inferior-covid-tests-allegedly-used-on-winning-time-set?via=twitter_page

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HBO Sued Over ‘Overpriced, Inferior’ COVID Tests Allegedly Used on ‘Winning Time’ Set

A former HBO health staffer sued the company this week, alleging she was wrongfully fired after raising the alarm about the “overpriced, inferior” COVID-19 tests used on crewmembers of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Georgia Heffe, a health adviser on set, claimed in her suit that she’d discovered the testing vendor, CineMedic, was billing HBO for lab-based PCR tests, while in actual fact using rapid tests in direct violation of industry protocols. Her complaint, filed Tuesday, states HBO was aware of the deception and did not act. “It’s unknown to Plaintiff, at this point, why producers and HBO favored a vendor who lied to them, ripped them off, fabricated medical records, and put the lives and safety of cast and crew at risk by peddling overpriced, inferior tests,” Heffe’s suit explains. After “repeatedly [blowing] the whistle on CineMedics’ fraud,” Hesse was fired in May 2022, for what she characterized as “patently absurd and pretextual reasons.” CineMedics told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that Hesse’s claims “are false and defamatory.”
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